Thomas Romer

Professor of Politics and Public Affairs
Office Phone
306 Robertson Hall

His research explores the interaction of the market and nonmarket forces that influence the allocation of economic resources. He taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Western Ontario, and has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission, Stanford University, and the Institute for Advanced Study, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His work on the politics and economics of local governments’ taxation and spending behavior was awarded the Duncan Black Prize of the Public Choice Society. Other work has dealt with land use regulation, campaign finance, the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, and the political economy of redistribution. His current projects focus on the political economy of federalism. He has served on the advisory panels of the National Science Foundation and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Public Choice. Ph.D. Yale University.

Research Interests: Political economy of federalism; campaign finance and electoral competition

Assistant: Eleni Koukourdeli

Selected Publications

"Economic Incentives and Political Institutions: Spending and Voting in School Budget Referenda" (with Howard Rosenthal and Vincent Munley), Journal of Public Economics, October 1992.

"An Empirical Investigation of the Dynamics of PAC Contributions" (with James Snyder), American Journal of Political Science, August 1994.

"Interjurisdictional Sorting and Majority Rule: An Empirical Analysis" (with Dennis Epple and Holger Sieg), Econometrica, November 2001.